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Preston approves street maintenance plan


Mon, Jul 13th, 2015
Posted in Preston Government

Jim Bakken, Public Works, outlined the 2015 plan for crack filling and seal coating numerous streets within the city at the July 6 meeting. Councilman David Harrison was absent.

Two quotes had been submitted for the project. Bakken recommended the low quote from Pearson Brothers, Inc. in the amount of $44,932.08. He explained maintenance work to rout out cracks and fill them with joint compound to increase the life of streets is done about eight years after a street is constructed. The streets to be maintained were reconstructed in 2005 and 2007. After the cracks are filled, a tacky substance will be applied before aggregate is spread and packed.

The last maintenance work of this kind was done in 2011. City Administrator Joe Hoffman reminded the council that $45,000 was in the 2015 budget for street maintenance. The Pearson Brothers quote was approved.

Other business in brief

Hoffman informed the council that four windows on the west side of city hall leak pretty bad. The paint on the exterior of the building is also peeling in spots. The council by consensus agreed to let city staff retain a contractor to investigate the source of the leaks and to research options for maintenance of the exterior, determining the estimated cost of each.

Ambulance director Ryan Throckmorton recommended that associated repairs be made to increase the ambulance garage door height from 10 feet to 12 feet. He had obtained estimates in 2014, but the work was held off due to the expense of replacing one of the trucks. The low bid received in 2014 was from Spring Valley Overhead Door in the amount of $2,337, which includes additional panel, new hardware, tracks, and opener. A new electrical outlet will have to be added and two feet of sheetrock above the existing door will need to be removed. Throckmorton estimated all the work could be done for about $3,000. Approval was given to go ahead with the garage door project.

The third payment to A-1 Excavating, Inc. in the amount of $53,942.90 was approved. The last lift of asphalt has been made on Bluff Country Court in the North Industrial Park. Some seeding and shoulder work is left to be completed.

Work on the wear course of asphalt for the Twenty-14 project has been completed. Approval was given for the seventh payment in the amount of $149,261.53 to A-1 Excavating, Inc. for the north portion and $138,560.26 to Blitz Construction for t .....
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Highway 52 accident under investigation

Mon, Jul 6th, 2015
Posted in Preston Police Reports

On June 29, 2015, at approximately 10:53 a.m., the Fillmore County Sheriff’s Office Communications Center recieved notice from State Patrol’s Communications Center of a semi crash on Hwy 52, just south of Fillmore County Road 17. This location ..... 
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Dorothy Constance Bammert

Mon, Jul 6th, 2015
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Dorothy Constance Bammert, age 88, of North Mankato and formerly of Good Thunder, died Thursday, June 18, 2015, at her home. A celebration of Dorothy’s life was held 11 a.m., Tuesday, June 23, 2015, at Calvary Lutheran Church, Rapidan. Visitat ..... 
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Fillmore Central to add girls dance team

Mon, Jun 29th, 2015
Posted in Preston Education

The Fillmore Central School Board met on June 23, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. The district bills and payroll were approved by the board High School Principal Heath Olstad noted that of the 27 members of the 2015 graduating class, 24 have plans to con ..... 
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Children’s polka musician to perform at the Preston Public Library

Mon, Jun 29th, 2015
Posted in Preston Features

Nationally known accordion player and children’s polka musician Mike Schneider (a.k.a. Uncle Mike) from Milwaukee, Wisc. will be performing his Pint Size Polkas program on Tuesday, June 30, 2015 at the Preston Public Library starting at 2 p.m. S ..... 
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Warren Elvyn Cummings

Mon, Jun 29th, 2015
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Warren Elvyn Cummings, age 84, of Preston, Minn., died Thursday morning, June 18, 2015, at the Chosen Valley Care Center in Chatfield of complications from pancreatic cancer. Warren was born July 19, 1930, in Cresco, Iowa, the son of Elvyn and C ..... 
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Selma Schoppers

Mon, Jun 29th, 2015
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Selma Schoppers, age 88, formerly of rural Preston, passed away Saturday, June 20, 2015, at the Harmony Manor Apartments where she had resided the past three years. Selma was born the youngest of five children to Gunder and Tillie (Torgeson) Jorge ..... 
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Preston approves EDA recommendations

Mon, Jun 22nd, 2015
Posted in Preston Government

Cathy Enerson, Economic Development Authority Coordinator, recommended that the city move forward with Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) applications at the June 16 city council meeting. The council approved the application ..... 
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Fillmore County 4-H Horse Project

Mon, Jun 15th, 2015
Posted in Preston Agriculture

On January 18, 2015 the Fillmore County 4-H Horse Project held its annual banquet at the Extension Office in Preston, Minn. Members and parents gathered for a potluck dinner followed by the monthly Horse PDC meeting. The annual awards program topped ..... 
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